Founded in 1956, the Canadian Mental Health Association Kelowna and District (CMHA Kelowna) is part of Canada’s oldest national charity that helps maintain and improve mental health for all Canadians. As the nation-wide leader and champion for mental health, CMHA helps people access the community resources they need to build resilience and support recovery from mental illness.
At CMHA Kelowna, we are dedicated to Mental Health in our community. No matter how old or how young, we provide support for families and individuals through programs that promote positive mental health and support recovery, while championing the elimination of barriers that can prevent people from thriving. We are a dynamic, innovative and visionary organization. We are seeking individuals who share our vision of a mentally healthy Kelowna and are passionate about making a difference in our community by bringing their particular expertise to our organization.
We are experiencing significant growth, and are seeking a qualified, experienced, and passionate Prevention and Diversion Navigator to join our Homelessness Services team to help individuals at-risk of homelessness in our community maintain their existing housing by connecting them to our rent supplement program. This role is focused on managing all aspects related to the provision of rent supplements, as well as act as the key liaison both internally and externally between finance and homelessness services to ensure the best use of these resources, and streamline our processes. Rent supplements are intended to offer a top up to rent or provide “bridge” funds that will help keep an individual housed. Applicants are required to provide proof of income and be willing to work with a Navigator on a post-supplement plan for housing stability.
Due to the nature and focus of the role, this position is expected to build relationships with a diverse range of community groups including housing providers in both the private and non-profit sector. The Prevention and Diversion Navigator is an integral part of the CMHA Homelessness Services Team.
The successful candidate will have demonstrated skill in supporting individuals at-risk of homelessness and a proven track record in providing quality, evidence-based services.
- Degree/diploma in a related discipline (i.e. human/social services)
- A strong sense of self-assurance
- Excellent computer literacy skills
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
- Demonstrated critical thinking skills, and ability to make reasoned decisions
- Knowledge of health and social service systems with understanding of the complexity of the income assistance system
- Demonstrated experience working with people with serious mental illness and/or addictions and complex health and social issues
- Demonstrated negotiation/communication skills
- An ability to manage a flexible work schedule
- Current first aid certification.
To apply for this exciting new position, please forward a cover letter and resume by May 22, 2018 to:
John West, Human Resources Coordinator @ email@example.com
CMHA is an equity employer and encourage applications from women, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, First Nations, Inuit, and Metis people, people of all sexual orientation and genders, and others who may contribute to our further diversification.
We appreciate and thank all applicants for their interest, however only short-listed candidates will be contacted.